Petra Vetter

Professeure assistante

Professeur·e assistant·e
Département de psychologie

RM 02 bu. S-1.141
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
RM 02, S-1.141

Recherche et publications

  • Biographie

    Faculty Positions:

    Assistant Professor, SNSF PRIMA and Consolidator grantee, University of Fribourg, Dept. of Psychology (since Sept 2020)

    Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London, Dept. of Psychology (2016 - 2020)


    Post-doctoral Training:

    New York University, Dept. of Psychology and Center for Neural Sciences (2015 – 2016)

    University of Geneva, Dept. of Neuroscience and Swiss Center of Affective Science (2013 – 2015)

    University of Glasgow, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology (2009 – 2012)



    PhD in Psychology, University College London, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience & Dept. of Psychology (2009)

    MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, Imperial College London (2003)

    German Diploma in Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin (2002)

  • Publications

    Bola, L.*, Vetter, P.*, Wenger, M. & Amedi, A. (2023). Decoding reach direction in early “visual” cortex of congenitally blind individuals. Journal of Neuroscience (in press).


    Vetter, P. (2023). Functional visual perception requires cognitive representations. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 30 (3), 212-221.


    Vetter, P.*, Bola, L.*, Reich, L., Bennett, M., Mucki, L. & Amedi, A. (2020). Decoding natural sounds in early “visual” cortex of congenitally blind individuals. Current Biology, 30(15), 3039-3044.e2.


    Vetter, P.*, Badde, S.*, Phelps, E. A., & Carrasco, M. (2019). Emotional faces guide the eyes in the absence of awareness. ELife, 8:e43467.


    Edwards. G., Vetter, P., McGruer, F., Petro, L. & Muckli, L. (2017). Predictive feedback to V1 dynamically updates with sensory input. Scientific Reports, 7: 16538.


    Newen, A. & Vetter, P. (2017). Why cognitive penetration of our perceptual experience is still the most plausible account. Consciousness & Cognition, 47, 26-37.


    Vetter, P., Grosbras, M.-H. & Muckli, L. (2015). TMS over V5 disrupts motion prediction. Cerebral Cortex, 25(4), 1052-9.


    Vetter, P., Smith, F. W. & Mucki, L. (2014). Decoding sound and imagery content in early visual cortex. Current Biology, 24 (11), 1256-62. (Featured in Science, 2014, 345 (6193), 176-177 as Research News from other journals).


    Vetter, P. & Newen, A. (2014). Varieties of cognitive penetration in visual perception. Consciousness & Cognition, 27C, 62-75.


    Vetter, P., Sanders, L. & Muckli, L. (2014). Dissociation of prediction from conscious perception. Perception, 43, 1107-1113.


    Jüttner, R., Montag, D., Craveiro, R., Babich, A., Vetter, P. & Rathjen, F. G. (2013). Impaired presynaptic function and elimination of synapses at premature stages during postnatal development of the cerebellum in the absence of CALEB (CSPG5/neuroglycan C). European Journal of Neuroscience, 38(9), 3270-80.


    Schlicht, T., Vetter, P., Thaler, L., Moss, C. F. (2013). Wahrnehmung (Perception). In: Stephan, A., Walter, S. (eds.) Handbuch Kognitionswissenschaft (Handbook of Cognitive Science). Stuttgart: Metzler.


    Vetter, P., Edwards, G., & Muckli, L. (2012). Transfer of predictive signals across saccades. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 176.


    Vetter P., Butterworth, B. & Bahrami, B. (2011). A candidate for the attentional bottleneck: Set-size specific modulation of right TPJ during attentive enumeration. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23(3), 728-36.


    Bahrami B., Vetter P., Spolaore E., Pagano S., Butterworth B. & Rees G. (2010). Unconscious numerical priming despite interocular suppression. Psychological Science 21(2), 224-233.


    Puzzo I., Cooper N., Vetter P. & Russo R. (2010). EEG activation differences in the pre-motor cortex and supplementary motor area between normal individuals with high and low traits of autism. Brain Research 1342, 104-110.


    Puzzo I., Cooper N.R., Vetter P., Russo R. & Fitzgerald P. B. (2009). Reduced cortico-motor facilitation in a normal sample with high traits of autism. Neuroscience Letters 467, 173-177.


    Vetter, P., Butterworth, B. & Bahrami, B. (2008). Modulating attentional load affects numerosity estimation: Evidence against a pre-attentive subitizing mechanism. PLoS ONE 3 (9), e3269.

  • Recherche

    My research investigates how information from audition, emotion, action and cognition influences the brain processes that create our visual perception of the world. Please see the website of the Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab for more information. My research is currently funded by a PRIMA grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation, by a research grant from the BIAL Foundation, and, from 2024, by a SNSF Consolidator grant ("Mapping Space in the Blind Brain").

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